Raj Venugopal wrote:We have a student (about 10 yrs) that recently came to the main club to train who did judo in one of our after school programs before that. He does not have a right hand; his arm terminates at around where his wrist would be. The end is quite hardened and he says he does not feel pain. Great kid, works hard. I watch him out-hustle able bodied kids. He has heart.
In addition to just having fun, which is important at that age, I'd like to help him focus on a few techniques that will work. One is ippon seionage from a sleeve or lapel grip. Another is tai-otoshi with the blade of the forearm pushing against uke's forearm. Koshi-nage is not allowed under Judo Canada's rules until they are older. O-goshi will have mixed results because his arm isn't quite long enough. I'm thinking taking a left foot stance and de-ashi harai would also be a good option.
My question- does anyone here have experience as a one-handed player, or a coaching a one-handed player? What techniques work well? How does this play out in shiai? Are there other mental considerations that should be kept in mind (as we are dealing with a child)? Thank you. Any collective experience that you guys can share would be much appreciated.
Have you inquired of any of the higher level guys who instruct the DI/DA or Level 3 courses as to advice ? I'd think that would be your first go -to resources.
I would think he would be on the recreational track versus elite/competition traci, (although making that decision isn't really appropriate at 10 years of age and a beginner level). So shiai wouldn't be a emphasis for a while, especially given his age.
Assuming you are working on his ABC's etc., purely from a judo technique point of view, it sounds like you are on the right track.
The "underhook" grip (as in Harai Goshi in Nage No kata) may be useful for him as well, and eventually maki komi when appropriate. He can also learn to trap uke arm under his armpit, perhaps.
In any case, his athletic development (ABC's) I would think would take priority. Kids are also quite creative and adaptive, so given some guided discovery type of learning he could well work a lot out himself.
Those are just my musings, I have no expertise in working with athletes with disabilities.
"Koshi Nage", I guess you mean Koshi Guruma ?
Here is what the LTAD has to say about disabilities, not a lot, but something. You might want to try to find out if anyone in your province has specialized training to deal with disabled judoka.